Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had an unexpected meeting in the USA. Arriving in New York and walking with his colleagues, the prime minister met a taxi driver from Greece on the street by chance.
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When Kyriakos Mitsotakis realised that it was a Greek, as can be seen in the video he published on his personal Instagram account, he said to him:
"Where are you, big guy? What are you doing? Where are you from?", with the Greek taxi driver telling him that he is from Tripoli and that he has been living in the US for fifty years.
"This is how our trip to the USA began," wrote the prime minister, posting the video of this meeting on Instagram.
Elsewhere, Mitsotakis on Tuesday sent a strong message to Turkey amidst its increasingly aggressive rhetoric and falsehoods against Greece during a radio interview with Sphera 102.2 FM, ahead of his address at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
"I will be strict in terms of the limits we set, we have strong armed forces and alliances, and everyone knows they cannot play games with Greece.
"On the other hand, we can talk, even if it is only to agree that we disagree. Our choice is to avoid rising to the bait of Turkey's challenges, because we are facing a crescendo of challenges, which have exceeded the limits.
"However, the Turks themselves believe that this is being done for pre-election reasons, which is encouraging."
With reference to the need to support households and businesses due to the strong energy crisis, the prime minister essentially confirmed that the government is oriented towards a scaled subsidy for electricity, in order to provide incentives for energy saving, and a horizontal subsidy as far as natural gas is concerned.
"The more you reduce consumption compared to last year's bill, the higher the subsidy will be," he said.
Regarding the housing plan, Mitsotakis said he is convinced that the programme will be successful and that he is open to committing more resources from the budget and expanding the programme announced.
Regarding the covid pandemic, the prime minister made it clear that there will be no new lockdown, while insisting that the pandemic, as we know it, is ending. He clarified that the most vulnerable should be careful, urging them to get vaccinated, but also to wear a mask.